October 4, 2019

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Advocacy in Action

ACP Responds to WSJ Commentary on Social Justice Education in Medical School

The College says social justice issues such as firearm violence and climate change represent the world in which physicians practice and care for patients.

Congressional News and Perspective

Introduction of Drug Pricing Plan Offers Hope for Resolving Increasing Prescription Drug Prices

ACP supports the provisions of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan, which empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate prices with manufacturers.

ACP Regulatory News

Site-Neutral Payment Policy at Risk After Federal Court Ruling

ACP concerned about attempts to reinstate ‘facility fees' at hospital-owned outpatient clinics, which inappropriately put the extra cost on patients.

Quick Hits

ACP Health Policy Internship Program now accepting applications

The 2020 Health Policy Internship application cycle is now open until October 31, 2019. The internship provides a multifaceted opportunity to learn about the legislative process, health policy, and advocacy in organized medicine. Interns will provide assistance with researching and analyzing current issues in health and medical education policy, assisting with on-going advocacy initiatives, and the development of advocacy materials. Interns will have the opportunity to attend Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and accompany government affairs staff on lobby visits to members of congress and their staff and to events. More information is available on ACP Online.

Summaries of 2020 Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Now Available

You can now read ACP's summary and analysis on the 2020 changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Quality Payment Program, and other federal programs at acponline.org.

2018 MIPS Performance Feedback and Final Score Available Now

If you submitted 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, you can view your performance feedback and MIPS final score on the QPP website. You can also log in using your HCQIS Access Role and Profile (HARP) credentials. If you do not have a HARP account, please use the QPP Access User Guide.

Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool Now Includes First Snapshot of 2019 Qualifying APM Participant and MIPS APMs Data

CMS updated its QPP Participation Status Tool based on the first snapshot of data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. The tool includes 2019 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and participation status in an Alternative Payment Model that qualifies for the APM scoring standard.


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